The history of the Delille family goes back to the Medieval landscape of southern France, to a region known as Languedoc
. It is derived from the family living in the parish of l'Isle, in Languedoc. The name Delille translates as of l'Isle, or of the island.
Early Origins of the Delille family
The surname Delille was first found in Languedoc
, where this family was established in early times.
Early History of the Delille family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delille research.Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1589, 1644, 1671, 1675, 1688, 1696, 1738, 1756, 1813, 1816, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Delille History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delille Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Delille, including Delisle, Delile, Delille, de l'Isle, d'Isle and many more.
Early Notables of the Delille family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Guillaume Delisle (1675-1726), a French cartographer known for his popular and accurate maps of Europe and the newly explored Americas and Africa; Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (1688-1768), a French... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delille Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delille family to the New World and Oceana
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Delille has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Delille were
Delille Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Nicholas Delille, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1764 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Delille (post 1700)
- Venerable Henriette DeLille (1813-1862), American sister who founded the Catholic order of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans in 1842, inspiration for the movie The Courage To Love (2001)
- Paul-Félix Armand- Delille (1874-1963), French physician, bacteriologist, professor, member of the French Academy of Medicine
- Armand Delille, French bobsledder who competed at the 1932 Winter Olympics
- Jacques Delille (1738-1813), French poet and translator